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Brussels, 21 November 2017 –CECIMO had the pleasure to host Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, during its meetings in Brussels. In her address to industrialists and stakeholders on the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning, she encouraged companies and firms to get involved in the European Industrial Strategy.


(from left to right: Dr Roland Feichtl, Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Mr Luigi Galdabini, Mr Filip Geerts)

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska was the keynote speaker of the CECIMO meetings on artificial intelligence and machine learning on 21 November 2017, in front of a selected audience of industrialists, MEPs, EU officials and stakeholders. The event was timely organised ahead of the Commission proposal on artificial intelligence and the Commissioner emphasized the important role of the European Commission in recognizing the potential economic and societal benefits of such technology. “By putting a favourable and stable business environment in place”, she said, “Europe can compete globally on both the development and uptake of AI solutions”. It’s important that Europe is ready to act upon the new challenges as they will affect different areas of our lives, from work to privacy, from governance to public research. In this context, the European Commission needs to mitigate the risks and prepare citizens to a smooth transition. Ms Bieńkowska went on by saying that “we need to avoid unnecessary anxiety based on far-fetched AI take-over scenarios that could distort public perception of AI”.


Artificial intelligence has a primary role in the Digital Single Market Strategy and the European Industrial one, where it will be important to converge physical and digital technologies on the industrial value chain. Among the many actions illustrated during the speech, the machine tool industry is particularly touched by the current EC evaluation of the machinery directive. The Commissioner confirmed that one of the areas they are looking at is whether the directive is adapted to respond to the changes brought by new digital technologies.


CECIMO is pleased that, in her outline of the EU Industrial Strategy, Elżbieta Bieńkowska mentioned the relevance of the industry and companies, inviting businesses of all sizes to be fully involved, as the process will be launched next year during the second EU Industry Day on 22 and 23 February 2018. Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General, pointed out that “CECIMO can greatly contribute to the ongoing and future work of the European Commission in the Industrial Strategy and we are ready to get involved in any actions and initiatives taken by the European Commission”.

Radan 2018 R1 focuses On CAD/CAM, and Industry 4.0

As well as taking “a major step forward” with technology geared towards helping sheet metal manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 smart factories in its latest version, Radan will now be issuing two new releases a year.

“We’re aiming to get the very latest developments to customers as quickly as possible,” says Radan’s Product Manager Olaf Körner. “Starting with Radan 2018 R1, customers needn’t ever be working with software that is more than six months old.”
The new release includes a number of items of new and enhanced functionality which focus specifically on the “engineering of parts” processes. Developers are now working on separating Radan into two distinct aspects: traditionally creating NC code to drive CNC machines, and “engineering of parts.”
“Radan isn’t just a CAM system any more. It plays an important role in ensuring sheet metal manufacturers are best placed to run with Industry 4.0.” An example of this is with Radmanager. The system now accepts feedback from the shop floor regarding the cutting progress. “This improved connection between the shop floor and logistics operations means the stock management and order processing functions can immediately update the stock control.” Radquote now looks at all aspects which impact on how much it costs to bend a part, such as how many bends are required, how many turns or flips the operation needs, and whether it needs a second operator, to provide an accurate cost calculation. In addition, it calculates the cost of an entire 3D assembly, rather than individual parts. “The user can see a full assembly tree, and the total cost”.
“These bending cost calculations – both for individual parts and complete assemblies – and the finegrain information flow between the shopfloor and Radmanager will assist considerably in facilitating the next generation of sheet metal production as part of a connected factory infrastructure.”

Moving on to enhanced CAD/CAM functions, Radan 2018 R1 takes the increasing popularity in automatic bending into consideration, with the specific innovation of optimising fingerstops. As part of a process of making fingerstops safer, it allows for improved part alignment in the press brake, and reduces the number of fingerstop movements required between bends. In addition, an enhancement to the default views means designers can bring up a front view, side view, or isometric view instantly, in both Radbend and Radan 3D.
The profiling function benefits from six updates. Firstly, hatching, where laser users can now create fine marks to identify parts. Enhanced flycutting, where the machine doesn’t stop during an entire operation, reduces cycle times; the lead-in placement for tagging has been optimised; additional support for automatic filleting means users have much greater control over where they are placed…they can be switched on for one part and off for another, and whether they are on internal or external corners. Radan developers have worked closely with plasma cutter manufacturers on additional support for cutting circular holes with higher accuracy on plasma CNC machines. And following the contours of a part when creating offcuts saves more of the material, reducing wastage even further. A new batch nesting system is described as a “big performance upgrade,” which forecasts show could improve material usage by around nine percent over a year. A new algorithm provides a different approach to optimising a range of nests. New controls have been added for producing offcuts on punch presses.
Finally, five individual small enhancements combine to improve Radan’s overall CAD/CAM usability:
•    Radan 2018 R1 includes a more natural way of manoeuvring around the parts to select features.
•    Just one click to update the stock list in nest projects.
•    Improvements to the process of changing programs from one machine tool to another, whether switching between cutting technologies, or laser to laser but powered by a different gas.
•    The Teamviewer system, which support engineers use to gain remote access to a customer’s system for resolving issues, is built into the latest software release.
•    The optional Analytics system helps Radan developers gather evidence of how customers use the software, so each new release can focus on the industry’s requirements.

Stahl deutlich wirtschaftlicher bohren – Tritan-Drill-Steel

Mit dem neuen, dreischneidigen Bohrer Tritan-Drill-Steel von MAPAL kann Stahl im Vergleich zu zweischneidigen Bohrern deutlich wirtschaftlicher bearbeitet werden. Dies wird unter anderem durch die signifikant höheren Vorschubwerte erreicht.

Mit dem Tritan-Drill-Steel kann Stahl deutlich wirtschaftlicher im Vergleich zu zweischneidigen Bohrern bearbeitet werden.

Bisher kamen für Bohrbearbeitungen in Stahl in der Regel zweischneidige Bohrer mit flacher Querschneide im Zentrum zum Einsatz. Durch eine Pendelbewegung entlang der Querschneide war die geforderte Rundheit und die Zylinderform der Bohrung oft nicht gewährleistet. Zudem wurden sowohl die Schneidecken als auch die Führungsfasen hoch belastet. Durch drei einzelne Querschneidensegmente, die den Tritan-Drill-Steel sicher zentrieren, werden Pendelbewegungen mit dem neuen Bohrer verhindert.

Seine Robustheit verdankt der Tritan-Drill-Steel der völlig neu gestalteten Hauptschneidenform. Die dadurch sehr stabilen Schneidecken reduzieren die Belastungen der Schneiden. Zudem ist die Beschichtung speziell auf die Bearbeitung von Stahl angepasst. So wird die Verschleißfestigkeit bei der Stahlbearbeitung deutlich erhöht. Sehr hohe Standzeiten sind das Ergebnis. Die schnelle und prozesssichere Spanabfuhr wird durch die Form der Hauptschneide, die für kurze, eng gerollte Späne sorgt, und die feinstgeschliffenen Spannuten erreicht.

Wie der universell einsetzbare Tritan-Drill-Uni bewährt sich auch der Tritan-Drill-Steel in schwierigen Bohrsituationen, beispielsweise bei Querbohrungen oder schrägem Bohrungseintritt. So kann beispielsweise schräges Anbohren bis 12° bei einer Länge von 5xD problemlos realisiert werden.

Der Tritan-Drill-Steel ist im Durchmesserbereich 4-20 mm in den Längen 3xD, 5xD, 8xD und 12xD verfügbar.

Pressure-tight encapsulated enclosures ensure safety

Explosive atmospheres are found in many sectors of industry. They require special precautions and protection systems in order to guarantee the safe use of electrical equipment. ROSE Systemtechnik’s pressure-tight encapsulated Ex d enclosures provide an optimal solution for Ex protection.


Nurullah Palamut, in charge of explosion-protected products at the ROSE Systemtechnik company, says: “Encapsulation of non-certified components and equipment for use in potentially explosive areas is a great challenge, primarily for the processing industry.” Within the European Union, the requirements for the safe use of electrical devices in potentially explosive areas are strictly regulated by the ATEX directive. In order to ensure maximum safety in operation, it is necessary to follow extensive national and international guidelines, regulations and standards. “By making use of pressure-tight encapsulation inside an enclosure in the ignition protection category Ex d, components or small devices which represent a potential source of ignition can be made suitable for use in potentially explosive areas,” Palamut goes on to explain.

Ex d enclosures for an extremely wide range of uses

ROSE Systemtechnik supplies enclosures with pressure-tight encapsulation in different sizes and versions for use in various groups of gases and temperature ranges. This allows the enclosure experts from Porta Westfalica in Germany to offer industry a wide range of solutions for the safe and secure encapsulation of electrical equipment.

Whether as an ordinary distribution box for energy, sensor signals or for complex control systems – ROSE Systemtechnik’s Ex d enclosures cover the widest range of demands in the industrial sector. The enclosures in the TBE, EJB, GUB and IJB series comply with ingress protection IP 66 in accordance with DIN EN 60529, which means that they are dust-tight and protected against penetration by water.

In particular, ROSE’s Ex d enclosures are used in the processing industry, for example by oil and gas, chemicals and pharmaceutical companies, and they are also found in measurement and instrumentation applications. In its Ex d range, the company also offers both stainless steel and aluminium enclosures. Depending on the version, customer-specific modifications or surface improvements are also available, for example viewing windows or lacquering. On request, ROSE also manufactures special enclosures and carries out complete mechanical processing and the mounting of the products.

The dates for Moulding Expo 2019 have been fixed

The European tool, pattern and mould making industry and its suppliers will again be present in Stuttgart on
21 – 24 May 2019

Moulding Expo 2017

The dates for the third edition of the International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making have now been decided. The most important representatives of the industry will again be present at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre on 21 to 24 May 2019. The exhibitors, representatives of partner associations BVMF, VDMA, VDW and VDWF and Messe Stuttgart jointly decided on setting the time frame in late spring 2019. Gabriele Urhahn, Head of Marketing/Communication, GF Machining Solutions, Schorndorf: “In our opinion Moulding Expo 2019 kicks off with the perfect dates. We are delighted it was possible to set the dates in 2019 to avoid the Whitsun holidays – this was not the case in 2017.”

The dates also provide exhibitors and visitors to Moulding Expo 2019 with new ways to connect to an industry that has many overlaps within the tool, pattern and mould making sector. On 21 to 23 May 2019, the third edition of Moulding Expo will run concurrently with the Automotive Show organised by the British UKi Media & Events Ltd. combining five trade fairs from the automotive supply industry under one roof. Roland Pfletschinger, Managing Director, Pfletschinger & Gauch, Plochingen: “The themes of the Automotive Shows are an ideal supplement to Moulding Expo. They offer synergy on a broad scale – both for us as exibitor and for trade fair visitors who will then have a complete technology overview.”

Nothing therefore stands in the way of a successful Moulding Expo 2019 – in fact 70 exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance. The exhibition advisory committee was unanimous: “The ideal dates and the interaction with the Automotive Shows will also have a positive impact on visitor figures.” The last edition of Moulding Expo 2017 was attended by a total of 14,000 visitors from 52 countries during its four days.

About Moulding Expo – International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making
The focus of Moulding Expo is on tool, pattern and mould making with injection moulding, die-cast moulding, casting, stamping and forming tools, as well as various pattern-making and prototyping methods. Components and accessories, machine tools, processing tools, measuring technology and special machines, software, and systems and services for tool construction and pattern and mould making round off the scope of the trade fair. Specialist forums and special exhibitions complement the varied programme. 760 exhibitors and around 14,000 trade visitors came to Stuttgart for the second event.

Messe Stuttgart is the organiser of Moulding Expo. It is supported by the German Association of Pattern and Mould Making (BVMF), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Tool Making Association), the German Association of Tool and Mouldmakers (VDWF), the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) and the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA).

GF Machining Solutions nominates FANUC as one of their top 10 suppliers in 2017

At the GF Machining Solutions Supplier Day 2017 in Losone (CH), GF Machining Solutions awarded 10 of its best suppliers within Europe. Among a range of candidates, FANUC has been selected for its excellent supplier performance.

GF MS Top 10 Suppliers Award

The Swiss company, GF Machining Solutions (GFMS), provides solutions for innovative milling, EDM, laser texturing, automation and customer service support. By collaborating with FANUC, GFMS can provide more customer-centric solutions that suit a variety of requirements, leading to a long-term and sustainable partnership between the two.

“We see FANUC as a leading company for robotics, therefore we decided to have them as our strategic partner for GF Machining Solutions and our company System 3R,” says Markus Kuhl, Chief Procurement Officer.

Kuhl further explains that with the rise of automation, a multitude of processes are affected and they have already become an integral part of daily life. He states that “…since this trend will continue to penetrate the business world, it is essential that we develop and adapt our procedures accordingly”.
To show the appreciation to those partners who capitalise on this trend, a range of criteria were set against which each supplier was measured. These criteria included e.g. the total cost of ownership approach, customer support, reaction time as well as competitiveness. The winners complying with these key factors have been honoured with awards on September 22, 2017.

FANUC looks forward to a successful and prosperous continuity of the partnership with GFMS!

The FANUC Corporation is one of the worldwide leaders in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC is the pioneer in the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With more than 252 FANUC subsidiaries worldwide and more than 6,500 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.

Education Must Upskill Workforce to Stay Ahead of Technological Change

In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Peter Robinson, President and CEO of USCIB, says “the guiding principle for government should be to protect and enable/retrain the worker, not protect the job.” Robinson believes that fears over jobsolescence are over-hyped, noting “…there is an established track record…of new technologies creating at least as many new jobs as they displace. Usually these new jobs demand higher skills and provide higher pay.”

When asked by C. M. Rubin what the biggest obstacle to employability is, Robinson states that “educational institutions won’t be able to keep pace with new skills demands.” He adds that schools should prioritize the arts and humanities in order to create “T-shaped individuals capable of adapting and going where the demand lies.”

The CEO of USCIB explains, “middle-class employees without higher education beyond high school need more established paths to long-term employment.” Robinson calls for increased “partnerships among employers, policy makers, and educational institutions” because “no one sector of society can address this alone.”

Peter M. Robinson has been the CEO and President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) since 2005. Established in 1945, USCIB builds awareness among business executives, educators and policy makers related to issues in employment, workforce training and skills management. In his position as co-chair of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, Robinson has provided significant input to G20 leaders on training for jobs of the future. He also serves on the board of the International Organization of Employers.